Alexandria, VA

At a little over a year old, Buck is an excitable and energetic young pup looking for a home in Alexandria.

Buck is a 19-month-old Bluetick hound up for adoption at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria with the usual preferred puppy past times of chasing balls and chewing on toys.

“He’s also pretty smart, and when treats are involved,” said Gina Hardter, spokesperson for the Animal Welfare League. “He’s excited to learn all kinds of new games and tricks.”

Hardter said Buck is also an enthusiastic cuddler.

“[He] is happy to crawl in your lap for some vigorous ear scratches and belly rubs!” Hardter said.

Anyone interested in scheduling a meet up with Buck and potential adoption can sign up to do so at the AWLA website.

Also, as a quick update, last week’s adoptable pet Mr. Patterson has found a new home.

Photos courtesy Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

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Mr. Patterson may be cute, but the staff at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria where he is currently awaiting say that prospective owners should make no mistake — he is a true gentleman.

“Mr. Patterson may be a bit leonine, but he’s actually just a lionhead rabbit (though he’s just as proud of his majestic mane as any big cat would be),” said Gina Hardter, a spokesperson for the AWLA. “This 2-year-old gentleman’s favorite spots are a well-filled hay bin or a snuggly enclosure with lots of blankets.”

Like most rabbits, Mr. Patterson is highly intelligent and enjoys puzzles or challenges to help stimulate his brain.

“Chew toys and places to dig will help you win Mr. Patterson’s heart,” Hardter said.

While all rabbits require some grooming, Hardter said Mr. Patterson’s intense mane requires some special preening.

“As anyone with a fantastic coiffure (or coif-fur) will tell you, you will need to dedicate some time to brushing Mr. Patterson,” Hardter said. “Make sure to find the right type of brush to keep him detangled, because lionheads far prefer brushing and the occasional spot-clean to a bath!”

Anyone interested in learning more about caring for a lionhead rabbit, or to meet Mr. Patterson for potential adoption, is encouraged to schedule an appointment with the AWLA.

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Lucy is not quick to fall in love, but if she can find the right owner, this 13-month old kitten will be a friend for life.

Lucy is a cat up for adoption at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter (4101 Eisenhower Avenue). Gina Hardter, a spokesperson for the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, said that Lucy can be reserved at first around new humans.

“She can be shy at first with new friends, but patience and treats are the way to win her heart,” Hardter said.

Like many young cats, Hardter said one of her favorite pasttimes is napping — particularly in covered places.

“Lucy is a Nap Queen, and can often be found in her covered bed, snoozing with the best of them,” Hardter said. “She has the skills to go pro.”

Perhaps most adorably, Lucy has a little dance as she tries to figure out how to approach a human.

“When she meets new people, she occasionally does a little ‘dance’ while she is determining how best to make their acquaintance,” Hardter said.

Due to the pandemic, potential parents have to schedule an appointment for digital or in-person visits.

Photo courtesy Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

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Shyla may not have the fur of her canine and feline neighbors, but the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria’s adoptable gecko is still hopeful she can find a local to hang out with.

Shyla is a green gecko who is at least three, though AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter said she could be older.

As a reptile, Hardter said Shyla is a cold-blooded pet who will need a home that can provide a heat source for her enclosure. Shlya is also an insectivore, but there are a variety of nutritional products that can keep her well-fed with the protein and calcium she needs.

As for the adorable gecko’s pastimes, Harter says Shyla is an avid climber.

“She loves hanging out… and upside down,” Hardter said. “Geckos love to climb, and you can find Shyla exploring her vivarium in a wide variety of interesting poses.”

Due to the pandemic, potential parents have to schedule an appointment for digital or in-person visits. Potential adopters can also reach out to the shelter to learn more about the food and environmental requirements for Shyla.

Photo courtesy Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

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Dub is a little different from most cats.

The eight-year-old cat is up for adoption at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Gina Hardter, spokeswoman for the AWLA, says Dub has a certain unique trait among the shelter’s cats.

“He’s a polydactyl, and he loves to show it off,” Hardter said in an email. “[Polydactyl] means he has extra digits, which he loves to use to grab things like toys, treats and attention.”

Perhaps one of the most famous polydactyl cats are the residents of Ernest Hemingway’s home, where the cats are descended from a six-toed cat Hemingway once owned.

Hardter said while Dub is up there in years, he’s still spry and active.

“At 8 years old, this stately senior is nowhere near retirement,” Hardter said. “[He] loves to play with toys and chase after wands and feathers. Dub also enjoys his downtime, alternating between relaxing naps in the sun and sitting around, looking handsome (in case anyone is nearby with a camera).”

As with other pets at the shelter, Dub is only available for virtual or in-person visits by appointment due to coronavirus.

Photo courtesy Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

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Smokey isn’t half as grumpy or serious as he looks.

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is hoping to find a home for a staff-favorite pup: Smokey the three-year-old pitbull terrier mix.

“[Smokey’s] a supersweet little guy just looking for a family who can show him the ropes!” said Gina Hardter, the spokesperson for the AWLA. “Don’t be fooled by his serious and formal look; Smokey is a big goofball at heart.”

Though Smokey is three years old, he’s still a big puppy at heart. Hardter said Smokey has the same manners and energy of a young dog. Hardter said Smokey’s favorite thing to do is curl up in the lap of a best friend.

“No one can convince him that he might be just a bit on the big side for a lapdog,” Hardter said. “He’s looking for a family who can help him take advantage of all of his energy and maybe teach him some tricks and skills along the way.  He’s clever and treat-motivated and would love to give additional training a try.

Due to lingering COVID-19 concerns, interested parties should schedule an appointment to meet virtually or in-person.

Photo courtesy Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

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Morning Notes

City Leaders Participating in Town Hall to Discuss Race Relations — “Tuesday’s town hall (at 7 p.m.) will feature a range of speakers including Councilman John Chapman and School Superintendent Gregory C. Hutchings Jr, Chief of Police Michael Brown and the City’s Race and Social Equity Officer, Jaqueline Tucker. There will also be opportunities for small group conversations and for participants to weigh in on the topics for future town halls.” [ALX Community]

Local Company Sees Strong Sales After May 1 ‘Shark Tank’ Appearance — “It really was a huge blessing because we just can’t be in stores right now, and we understand that, so we’re really grateful for the ‘Shark Tank’ episode to give us that push on e-commerce.” [Washington Business Journal]

Emergency Rent Assistance Applications Available Until Friday — “Funds in the amount of $600/month for up to three months will be provided directly to property owners on behalf of eligible tenants. Financial assistance will be provided regardless of citizenship status. Applications received through Friday, May 29 will be reviewed as part of the first application cycle, with priority given to applicants in the Tier 1 income range. Applications received after May 29 will be reviewed on a rolling basis contingent on funding availability.” [Facebook]

Councilman Chapman Decries Racist Emails from Public — “I wish someone would FOIA the city council for all of the racist emails and messages we get and post them publicly. Hell, if you don’t live in Alexandria, you should do that for your elected officials of color… cause we all have them.” [Facebook]

Alexandria to Distantly Honor of Class of 2020 Graduates — “On Saturday, June 13, 2020, residents of the most wonderful City of Alexandria will light up their homes in red, white and blue to support the graduating Class of 2020 from T.C. Williams High School. The George Washington Masonic Temple will be illuminated in red, white and blue on June 13 in recognition of our graduates. Let’s light up the whole city! Do your part, as best you can, to light up your home in red, white and blue to honor our graduates!” [Facebook]

AWLA Gives Away 5,000 Pounds of Pet Supplies — “The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria stepped up for pet parents in need, providing more than 5,000 lbs. of pet supplies to Alexandria residents in need since mid-March.” [Alexandria Living]

ACPS Provides Updates on Food Distribution — “ACPS has multiple distribution meal site locations throughout Alexandria for all ACPS students and children over the age of two.” [ACPS]

Parking Lots, Restrooms Reopening at Parks Along GW Parkway — “Parking lots and restrooms at parks along the George Washington Parkway in Virginia will reopen on Wednesday, June 3, after being closed to help slow the spread of coronavirus.” [WTOP]

City Advises Preparedness as Hurricane Season Begins — “June 1 marks the start of Hurricane season. Alexandria can be impacted by strong winds, heavy rain and flooding from tropical storms and hurricanes. Be Prepared: visit ready.gov/Hurricanes to learn how, sign up at alexandriava.gov/eNews for notifications and be #WeatherAware.” [Twitter]

Old Town Crier Prints June Issue on Wrong Paper — “Well….when it rains it pours! Just picked up the June issue at the printer and they printed the entire issue on the WRONG DAMN PAPER! No time to have it reprinted soooo….this issue is a throw back to the late 90’s!!” [Facebook]

New Job: Contact Tracer — “The Contact Tracer is an entry level public health professional responsible for identifying and contacting individuals who may have come in contact with persons recently diagnosed with an infectious disease associated with an outbreak or pandemic.” [Indeed]

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While many Alexandrians are struggling to figure out how to provide for themselves during the pandemic, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) is taking the strain off some local pet owners trying to take care of their animals.

Since mid-March, the local animal shelter has donated 5,000 pounds of supplies to a Community Pet Pantry. The AWLA said the pantry is also stocked with donations from animal-loving Northern Virginia residents offering food, bed, toys and more.

“The AWLA offers several programs to assist pet owners in these times,” the AWLA said in a press release. “The Community Pet Pantry provides pet care items like wet and dry food, cat litter, ‘puppy pads’ for house training and more.”

The AWLA said the program was originally implemented for the government furlough in 2019, but has seen a greater number of requests than ever before.

“Requests were up nearly 400% in April alone over previous months,” the AWLA said. “Pet owners are invited to contact the AWLA at [email protected] or (703) 746-5508 to discuss what items are needed for their pet and how to arrange for pick-up or delivery.”

The AWLA is also continuing to offer programs like pay-and-neutering for pets in low-income families, community pet care fairs and behavioral support and advice.

“Animal welfare is a fundamental goal of our work at the AWLA,” Director of Community Programs Joanna Fortin said in the press release, “and that’s not just the animals here in the shelter. The more we can reach animals in need across the community, the better home we can make Alexandria for all animals and for everyone who loves them!”

Photo courtesy Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

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Morning Notes

Neighborhood Restaurant Group Family Fund Raises $44K — “Our employees are the lifeblood of this company and form the backbone of this amazing industry; they are the core of our communities and the heart of our restaurant family. We are working to support them through our to-go and delivery efforts and through our gift card sales – and we will continue to do whatever it takes. With your help, we will survive this crisis so we can continue to support our team and the communities in which we operate.” [GoFundMe]

Greener Cleaner of Del Ray Looking For Business on National Laundry Day — “It’s a perfect time to ‘Spring Clean During the Quarantine!’ Winter coats, comforters, rugs, all clothes, and much more accepted. Masks are also available for sale for $8.” [Facebook]

ICYMI: Senior Services of Alexandria Hosts a Public TV Show — “We know most people are aware of the monthly speaker series and other outreach activities including the stocking of Senior Information Corners around town, but did you know that SSA produces a monthly 30-minute cable television program? Check out the current April program that we were able to produce during the current health situation thanks to our amazing volunteers.” [Zebra]

City Warns of Scams During Pandemic — “Remain vigilant for scams related to #COVID19. You may receive fake phone calls or emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites. Avoid scams and misinformation throughout the pandemic.” [Twitter]

Inova Needs Blood From Former COVID-19 Patients — “The liquid part of the blood (the plasma) will be used to treat some of our sickest COVID-19 patients as the antibodies developed by those who have recovered may assist in the recovery of those still battling COVID.” [Facebook]

Counseling Center Hiring Remote Office Assistant — “The ideal candidate will be a hard-working professional able to undertake a variety of office support tasks and work diligently under pressure. This person will be comfortable working with a high degree of attention to detail and discretion as well as incorporating new and effective ways to achieve better results.” [Indeed]

Del Ray Artisans Has Online Exhibit — “Rust Doug’s art begins with found items from hikes, and these items lead him through a path to his finished pieces.” [Facebook]

Old Town Books Thanks Customers Around the World — “We’ve sent out more than 1,500 orders since closing March 15th. It’s been hard, I’m not gonna lie. I’ve had some really bad days. We’re all so tired. We miss seeing customers and talking about books with you. But I have to remember there’s an end in sight, even if we don’t quite know when that might be. But we’re determined – We’ll be here. You’re keeping us here. We thank you and we love you for that.” [Facebook]

Junction Bakery & Bistro Donates Food to Alexandria Hospital — “To the tireless & hard-working staff at Inova Alexandria Hospital, thank you for letting us treat you to some fresh-baked pastries & cold brew coffee. We hope it was a pick-me-up. If anyone needs it right now, you do.” [Facebook]

Alexandria Film Festival Accepting Submissions — “It will take place over four days this fall – November 12-15 – at AMC Hoffman Center. In existence for 14 years, the festival showcases “exceptional” short and feature-length films by independent filmmakers. Q&A sessions follow screenings, along with related presentations.” [Zebra]

Bunnies, Guinea Pigs Available for Adoption — “As an open adoption facility, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria sees more than just dogs and cats; they take in all types of animals brought it from across the city.  Meet a few of the AWLA’s smaller — but no less furry — residents.” [Alexandria Living]

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Regional Program Awarding 11 Grants to Local Businesses — “The Governor is authorizing $87,619.00 of funding to the Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council, through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, for employers eligible to remain open during the COVID-19 emergency. Period of performance is from March 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020.” [Twitter]

Beyer to Host 5 p.m. COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall — “I’ll update you on my work to support the public health response and minimize the economic damage, hear from a local public health official, and take your questions.” [Twitter]

NOVA Launches Emergency Student Aid Fund — “Northern Virginia Community College is dedicated to doing everything in its power to keep students in school to complete the current semester and continue progress toward their degrees. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to assist NOVA students during this challenging time.” [Zebra]

YMCA Giving Out Free Food For Kids — “Free meals contain 3-days’ worth of breakfast and lunch. Meal boxes can be picked up weekdays Monday through Friday from 10 am to 2 p.m. For produce packets, the pick up times at Mondays 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesdays 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Any child, regardless of their affiliation with the YMCA, may pick up boxed meals two times per week – children must be 18 or younger.” [Zebra]

Fire Department Recruits Finish Training — “Congrats to Recruit School 49 who finished training last week. To avoid a large gathering, we postponed their graduation ceremony. As they report to their assigned stations, we just want to say we’re proud of them, and we’re happy to have them as part of our Fire & EMS family.” [Twitter]

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria Suspending Adoptions — “We are currently booked for adoption appointments through Wednesday, March 25, and we will be suspending adoptions after that time.” [Zebra]

Deli Expands Carryout and Delivery Menus — “Market 2 Market Del Ray is expanding their carryout & delivery menu to include key grocery items — produce, dairy items, meats & cheeses, and bread — in addition to beer, wine, and the best deli sandwiches in the neighborhood!” [Facebook]

Virtual Peer Support Group Launching — “In the current climate of uncertainty and social distancing, Del Ray Psych & Wellness unveils a new 30-day Facebook-based support group, ‘Connection Without Infection.'” [Facebook]

Visit Del Ray Lists Open Restaurants and Shops — “Curbside pickup with gloves and a smile at Junction Bakery & Bistro. Latest updates on restaurant statuses…” [Facebook]

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Harmony is the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria’s friendly mystery cat and this weekend she’s showing solidarity with her canine cousins in promoting the St. Patrick’s Day Fun Dog Show.

“Everyone’s getting into the mood for the Fun Dog Show, even Harmony, who’s happy to show off her St. Patrick’s Day spirit with a hat custom-made for her adorable head,” said Gina Hardter, spokesperson for the AWLA.

Harmony is a three-year-tabby who is something of a socialite at the AWLA (4101 Eisenhower Avenue), according to Hardter.

“[She’s] always at the front of her kennel to make new friends,” Hardter said. “Harmony traveled to Alexandria all the way from West Virginia and can’t wait to get a taste of city life, starting with this little St. Patrick’s Parade she’s heard a thing or two about.”

The AWLA and the Ballyshaners will host the 2020 Fun Dog Show tomorrow (Friday) at 11 a.m. Dogs can be pre-registered online or registered at Market Square (301 King Street) beginning at 10:45 a.m.

Harmony will have to miss out on the parade, Hardter said it’s a dogs-only affair, but she’s hopeful the curious kitty will be in a new cozy home by then.

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Sadie Kay is an eight-year-old boxer mix at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria hoping for adoption.

Gina Hardter, spokeswoman for the AWLA, said Kay is beloved at the shelter for her silly side, though she is looking for a home with adults.

“She’s a complete goofball who is as happy on a hike as bouncing around the yard, hanging out with other pups, playing with her toys or just enjoying a quiet night in with her favorite people,” Hardter said.

Kay is currently staying at a foster home, but Hardter said interested adopters could schedule to meet up with her by calling 703-746-4774 or emailing [email protected].

Photo courtesy Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

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